Archive for September, 2010

Cheap & Easy College Recipes: Chicken & Peach Quesadillas + Dipping Sauce

Soak up the last of summer flavors with this yummy, cheap, and super easy recipe! I tried it out with my sweetie and we liked it so much we cooked it again the next night. 🙂

DIPPING SAUCE
1/2 teaspoon lime juice
1 teaspoon honey
1/2 cup sour cream

  1. Whisk first two ingredients together, then stir in sour cream.
  2. Cover and chill.

CHICKEN & PEACH QUESADILLAS
1 cup pre-cooked chicken, cubed
1 cup peaches, peeled and sliced
4 large flour tortillas
small handful of chopped cilantro
shredded/grated cheese of your choice (we like a combo of cheddar and mozarella)
cooking spray

  1. Spread half of each tortilla with cheese, topping with chicken and peaches. Add cilantro to your preference (remember it is a strong flavor–a little will go a long way!).
  2. Fold other half of tortilla over the filling.
  3. Heat a large skillet on medium-high. Spray with cooking spray and place two quesadillas in pan. Cook for about 1 1/2 minutes on each side until golden brown. Repeat with other two quesadillas.
  4. Serve sliced in halves or quarters with dipping sauce. Yum. 🙂

Bon appetit!

(adapted from a recipe at Cooking Light, photo from same source)

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2 comments September 16th, 2010

4 College Life Lessons from the Military

Since the hubs is paying for medical school with a Health Professions Scholarship from the Air Force, he had to spend the 4 1/2 weeks this summer in Alabama in their Commissioned Officer Training program. While a month of training is only a small taste compared to the intense training enlisted military personnel go through, it has been enough to teach us some pretty awesome college-applicable lifestyle lessons:

Earn Your Rewards. When he first arrived at camp, my future-doctor stepped off the bus and got yelled at. For a long time. About everything from his attire to his haircut (too long–he had to shave most of it off when he got to his room). He and his fellow officers were also basically on lockdown: little contact with the outside world, no TV, they even had to be escorted from their dorms if they wanted to go anywhere, including the cafeteria. As the weeks progressed and they proved themselves, they earned more privileges–internet access on their own computers, TV time, and finally the freedom to go off-base.

Lesson learned? Give yourself a “carrot“–a little treat or motivation to help you get through a hard class or difficult study session. The reward makes the work feel more worthwhile!

Eat Regularly and Stay Hydrated. I know that sounds like advice from your Mama, but the US military promotes it, too (and the military does NOT behave like your mom, I promise). While he was gone, my sweetie ate at 5, 12, and 6 on the dot without fail, and carried a military-issue “Camel Pack” (a backpack specifically for holding a water supply) with him at all times to stay hydrated.

Keeping a healthy eating schedule and drinking tons of water gave him and his squadron the energy and stamina to keep up with a much more intense lifestyle than they were used to–keep that in mind for finals week!

Get Physical. Med school isn’t exactly conducive to exercise. After 9 months of sitting in lecture or the library all day, the obstacle courses, early morning workouts, and constant requirements to stand at attention were a big switch for the hubs–but he liked it. Working out in the morning kept him more alert during hours of military history lectures, and helped him fall asleep fast and sleep hard all night (which is good, because he had to get up at 4:30 every morning!).

Skipped that last paragraph? Basically, keeping your body active helps your brain stay awake, too–and helps you be worn out enough to get a really good night’s sleep. No more tossing and turning.

Regiment Doesn’t Mean No Fun. True, my honey faced lots of yelling, marching, and uniform inspections so close that he has had to go over his clothes top to bottom with a pair of scissors (stray threads earn you another round of yelling and disapproval from your commanding), but strict schedules and tough superiors didn’t mean “no fun allowed.” In fact, he really enjoyed most of his time at training. The spirit of camaraderie was great (think first day of freshman year–everybody is looking for friendship and support!) and they found time to have fun whenever it was an option.

So yes, you should study. You should work hard. But when you get the opportunity to enjoy a well-earned break, a weekend road trip, or even just a quick laugh during the exhausted-but-giddy phase of finals week–seize it!

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1 comment September 13th, 2010

Your Handy Dandy Back-to-School Roundup

Summer break is great, but now we get to gear up for another year of life on campus (and hopefully a little more independence–anyone else’s Dad keep the curfew thing going in the college years?). Ready for a refresher course in college living? Here we go!

Studying & Academics

Its that time again–time to hit the books and start getting the straight A’s your future employer wants you to get. 😉 Check out these study tips and get your game face on.

Productivity

One of the biggest challenges of life on your own is getting everything done and still having time to enjoy college! These productivity tips will help you start organizing so you can fit in all the important aspects of your life.

Money Stuff

Budgeting may not be fun, but it can be easy. Learn how to build your budget, save money, and build your credit score so you can graduate with a healthy bank account.

Health

Get healthy and stay healthy this year.

Dating

You don’t need a lot of green to impress your date. Take a look at these cheap-or-free (but still fun!) date ideas for fall, winter, and all year round.

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1 comment September 9th, 2010

Freshman Prep: 5 Things to Discuss With Your Roommate

So, you’re moving somewhere new, with a brand new roomie–fun! Make the fun last all year by getting the business side out of the way now.

1. Your Gear
Separate fridges might sound like a great idea, but with a teeny-tiny dorm room, you’ll want to keep the gear to a minimum. Chat with your roomie about who will be bringing what–TV, mini-fridge, microwave, etc.–so you don’t end up with duplicates.

2. Sleepovers
Overnight guests (of either sex) can be a touchy subject if you approach it, say, while the guest is already asleep in the room. Figure out now how you feel about friends staying the weekend, boy/girlfriends staying the night, or little sibs dropping by unannounced.

3. Sharing
Some people are happy to share anything from the food in the fridge to clothes, text books, or even their car keys, while others prefer to avoid confusion and keep things separate. Talk to your roommate (honestly) about your sharing preferences, and try to find a common ground.

4. Ground Rules
While sleepovers and sharing are usually the most debated issues, there are lots of other little things–from study habits to how many times you can hit the snooze button–you might want to settle ahead of time. Check out this handy article about laying down some ground rules to help keep the peace.

5. Each Other
If your roommate isn’t feeling anti-social, try to learn a little bit about his/her personality, family, likes and dislikes, and share something about yourself, too. Finding common ground now will make your first few days together way more fun.

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